Posted April 18, 2019 09:04:24A South Australian man who allegedly stole a motor vehicle and drove away without paying has been ordered to appear in court again.
Key points:The 33-year-old man allegedly stole the motor from his uncle’s car and sped off from a house in south-east PerthTwo months ago, the motor had been repairedBut he has now been given a suspended sentenceThe court was told the man had been a victim of domestic violence and the court heard he had a history of violent behaviourHe pleaded guilty to a number of charges including assault occasioning actual bodily harm and driving while disqualified, and was given a three-year suspended sentence.
The court heard the 33-day sentence was imposed after a two-month delay.
The motor was then repaired and the man was allowed back in the car in May, the court was informed.
In October, the man’s uncle found the car and took it to a local mechanic, who fitted a new radiator and a new clutch.
It was then returned to the uncle, who drove it to the South Australian Motor Museum.
The motor had since been repaired.
But in January, the South Australia Police Service took the car to a new owner.
Then the man decided to take matters into his own hands and stole the car himself, the judge was told.
The judge said the man took the motor home from a garage and drove it around the country.
He then took the vehicle to a South Australian garage and took a number plate.
“You have stolen the vehicle and driven off,” he said.
“You will be back in Court.
I will be sentencing you in April 2019.”
The man was originally charged with two counts of assault occasioned actual bodily hurt and driving whilst disqualified, but was found not guilty of either offence.
A third charge, for driving while driving disqualified, was added to the man´s list of charges in February.
After being sentenced in February, the 31-year old man was released on licence.
On his first court appearance in May the man denied he had committed any crime.
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